Maybe the Math Behind String Theory Is Overrated Anyway


Tue, Jun 8th, 2010 16:00 by capnasty NEWS

If the World Science Festival's panel on string theory tackled the question of whether the math behind it could be a reliable guide to reality, its panel on the Limits of Understanding seemed to question whether math could be reliable at all. As the panel presented matters, math is coming up short when faced with some of the biggest scientific challenges around. Even dizzyingly complex physical systems can be simplified down to the point where they're tractable to meaningful computations, but the simplifications needed to model even a single cell seem to result in math that is completely divorced from the underlying reality.



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